published Monday, July 14th, 2014

5-at-10: LeBron, SEC media days and who won the weekend

From the satellite offices in Hoover, Ala., we bring you a fast-paced 5-at-10. (Notice we did not say, quick-worded.)

LeBron goes home

Did anyone hear what's up with LeBron?

Seriously, wow, good thing nothing else happened in the free world.

That said, it's a complete game changer for the Cavs and the city. Cleveland has already sold out of season tickets. Estimates have LeBron James return to the Caves will net the franchise close $100 million and could mean close to $1 billion for the city if he stays there long term.

We are surprised by the move. And pleased.

The dominos in free agency have fallen quickly since. Carmelo is back in NYC. Bosh, Deng and Birdman have inked in Miami. Side props to Houston for letting Dallas overpay Chandler Parsons. Nice job.

And does any one have any doubts that the lessons and stink that lingered with James after the debacle that was The Decision left a mark? LeBron's letter was pitch perfect Friday and now the page has been turned.

Of course, we saw on The Twitter that someone posted we knew Mike Slive would have this wrapped up before SEC media days.

Speaking of...


SEC media days

Football unofficially starts today with the hand-wringing and interviews and the silliness that is SEC media days outside of Birmingham.

We're already here and ready to go, and we brought reinforcements -- Downtown Patrick Brown (check), David Paschall (check) and even ESPN 105.1 FM cohort Well Guthrie (check).

We also know that Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall will not be here after getting a citation for marijuana over the weekend. Think that will come up today for Auburn's Gus Malzahn? We say yes.

If you want full-time coverage of the event, we'll be going live right here at timesfreepress.com all day through Thursday. We'll be checking in on the 5-at-10 and updating Twitter (@jgreesontfp) and then at 3 p.m., Press Row will be live on the scene. Listen in on 105.1 FM and right here.

Giddy-up.


Nice little sports week

SEC media days. British Open. Baseball at the halfway point.

Man this time last week we were slower than the bad waitress at the Cracker Barrel.

Now? Boom.

But don't think we missed that little event on Sunday. You know the one that had loads of folks on the edge of their seats worldwide.

Yep, Danny Uggla got suspended.

Egad son, don't you know the sports hierarchy of rules and regulations.

If you are Jameis Winston, crab legs can walk away. As Crash says, "you win 20 in the show you can let the fungus grow back on your shower shoes and the press will think your colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, it means you're a slob."

Uggla was late and got suspended for a game. Fredi G says it is an internal matter (kind of like indigestion we suppose) and will be handled internally (which is way better than an external matter handled internally and vice versa).

C'mon Dan. Dude, you're so far below the Medoza line you're approaching the Mensa line for crying out loud. Now you are going to be a clubhouse distraction?

OK, we'll ask? How incriminating are those pictures Uggla has of someone high up in the organization?

Otherwise, it seems past time to cut the cord.


This and that

-- Speaking of the Braves, despite all the head-scratching and hair-pulling, this bunch is nine games over .500 (52-43) and tied with Washington for first in the NL East.

-- Germany won the World Cup and we all won the weekend because we can now go back to ignoring soccer. Yay.

-- Brad Kesosloswoaksjekfski won the NASCAR weekend taking both the Nationwide and the Sprint Cup race. Somewhere Coach K smiles.

-- Heading into the British Open, golf superstar Tiger Woods says he can do whatever he wants. Uh, Tiger, considering you had like 12,000 mistresses scattered around the globe, hasn't that been the case for years? Oh, he's talking about his surgically repaired back. OK. Proceed.

-- Jimmy Smith became the fifth Baltimore Ravens player to be arrested this offseason. Hmmm, that seems high. Unless of course they are requiring every player to get pinched, and in that case, they have some work to do before OTAs start.


Today's question

We're going to have a slew of SEC football stuff, so hang on.

We have our Monday regular "Who won the weekend" so there's that.

Also, who do you like the British Open (anyone up for a contest)?

Go and see you soon -- and frequently.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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ordinaryguy said...

Not much comment locally regarding the elitist Duke University going after the John Wayne's family (yes THE John Wayne) and their signature label "Duke" whiskey. Their claim is that it damages the reputation of the institution...Thank goodness that KICKBALL is over, if it is so popular world wide why did the Lookouts have 2000 more Saturday night than CFC????

July 14, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
MocTastic said...

It is past time for the Braves to admit the mistake that is known as Uggla and designate him for assignment. The suspension gives them the opening. They have stayed in first or near first effectivley playing with a 24 man roster.

With all the around the clock coverage of the cable channels and the internet, are we approaching the end of time when conferences have media days? What will we learn this week from the SEC media days we don't already know? Does the costs justify the hard news that will come out of it? Or more succinctly, when will the media learn that they are just giving free advertisement to the SEC not getting hardly anything in return.

So Tiger Woods can do anything he wants? Then I surmise he will have to tell us come late this coming weekend that he didn't want to win The Open, but he had other objectives. Are there any Perkins restaurants in the British Isles?

Lebron went home. Hey Dorothy, did you know that Cleveland is in Kansas? I didn't see Toto in any of the photo ops.

With the German win in the World Cup I think I saw JoMo11 in the local Barnes and Noble getting a copy of a German English dictionary. I suspect he is looking around at local football fields and is putting together a team for the next World Cup.

Auf Weidersehen Yall!

July 14, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.
jomo11 said...

In honor of Germany today at lunch i was going to order Wienerschnitzel, but I heard they were using Schnauzer . . . ..

July 14, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Did ESPN have anything on LeBron's decision? Musta missed it.

Hey, Brian Windhorst, I couldn't care less if you can finally get some sleep. You hitched your wagon to the LeBron train. You signed up for it. Deal with it. (In fairness, the fool ESPN anchor asked him if he was ready to get some sleep.)

There's fun to be had in Chicago. Sounds as if Danny Struggla had none of it.

July 14, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Just read that Red Klotz died over the weekend. One of the great coaches of all time, he was so good that he was not fired even though he lost approx 7,800 games in a row to the Harlem Globetrotters.

July 14, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.
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